**Background to our stay**
We spent six days in Las Vegas in July last year and decided to stay at the Venetian, it was a toss up between that and the Bellagio, but after several people said to us "lots of older people in the Bellagio" we decided that perhaps the Venetian was more suited to us as mid-20 somethings.
The hotel is ENORMOUS. The entire complex comprises of The Venetian and The Pallazo next door. In the middle is a huge shopping centre/food arcade etc. I would honestly say it was as big as the Trafford Centre and much much taller. Because of the size, personally I found trying to get anywhere just took forever. From our room, we walked down a long corridor to the lifts, took the lifts 30 floors down then walked through the lift lobby and into the casino. That typically took 10-15 minutes which doesn't sound long, but it really naffed me off every time I forgot something in the room or if I wanted breakfast or if they refused to let me charge food to my room card without presenting my passport (weird!) and naturally I had not got the passport with me. All in all, I hated the fact it was so big, but seriously, the whole of Las Vegas is like that, crossing a road seems to take 20 minutes due to people traffic, road bridges, car traffic and traffic lights. You aint going nowhere fast.
Equally, we never did find out where the "official" restaurant was and tended to eat in the food courts next to the casino because they were cheaper and more convenient. Bonus points for having a cupcake shop by the lifts. Not so good for putting weight on me though! :)
In terms of decor, it is stunning. Marble everywhere, ornate ceilings, dripping with "gold" everywhere. It does feel really luxurious and it is very clean. The size of the thing just drove me mad.
The room again is ENORMOUS! We paid about $120 per night which considering what we had paid elsewhere on our roadtrip was very good value for the size of the room. There was a living area and upper level with a MASSIVE Californian King Bed (bigger than king size in the UK), two TV's, the bathroom was exquisite with marble everywhere, a TV in the bathroom and a phone in the toilet. Never know who might ring when your spending a penny! We had a great view of the volcano across the road and watched it erupt many times from our hotel room.
**Location on the Strip**
In terms of location, it is dead central; BUT the bottom half of the strip is being re-developed so we didn't go further down than the Venetian, therefore we felt as though we were technically at the end of the strip (even if we weren't). If you want to stay central of the good part of the strip, stay in the Bellagio.
The staff seemed generally friendly, a few issues with luggage not being delivered to our room for several hours, two phonecalls later (from the toilet phone ha ha!) and it was sorted with deepest apologies.
The casino was brilliant, one of my favourites which was lucky as we spent quite a good proportion of time in there (air conditioned compared to 40 degrees outside!). Lots of tables, lots of slots but not as many free drinks as is typically reported about Vegas (that goes for all hotels)
The pool area was stunning HOWEVER, they should absolutely ban smoking around and IN the pool. I got fed up being choked to death by cigar smoke. You can have a free sunbed which were canvas and comfy OR you can pay for a cabana a little private-ish hut - we enquired just for a giggle and they were $300. The girl didn't seem too amused when I asked if that was for a week....no it was for a day! Eek! I did feel "poor" sometimes as this hotel was a massive treat for our honeymoon and there were lots of people about with lots of money! Drinks girls are round frequently but service was quite slow. At the weekends, Vegas just gets crazy. Venetian has pool parties and loud DJs which you have to pay extra for (Tao Beach) - lots of drunk youngsters about at the weekend though which detracted from the overall feel of the hotel. My favourite part of the pool was next door where you can walk through to the Pallazzo and there are sunbeds IN THE POOL - cool off whilst you tan, what more could you ask for?!
The size drove me scatty, I'm not sure any of the other hotels would be any better and the fact it took me ages to find breakfast in the mornings wasn't so great. I did like the hotel a lot but due to the location would probably stay at the Bellagio next time even though I think the Venetian is actually nicer in terms of decor. The room and the sunbeds in the pool were my favourite part!
As with most hotels in Las Vegas on the strip, to stay at The Venetian is to experience true hotel luxury for an affordable price. Their "standard" rooms are huge, with an upper area for the massive bed (for English visitors, this is bigger than King sized) and lower lounge area with seating. The room has 2 large TVs - one for each area (this should give you an idea of the size). The bathroom is similarly big and decked in luxury. Cleanliness is paramount and the quality is fantastic. Value for money is astounding, provided that you don't go and spend all your savings in the casino! Given the size of the hotel, if you are on a high floor the views are normally fantastic - certainly was from our room.
There are a number of pools and you can hire lounging areas (outdoors or indoors) which I guess would make you feel like royalty (although we didn't find the time to partake). You could literally stay in the hotel all day and be occupied - there is plenty to see and do. We barely played in the casino during our 5 day stay as there are other attractions in the hotel - where else could you go for half a mile of canal, indoors, on the first floor, for a gondola ride (the gondola does cost) . Truly magical in a very Disney sense of the word. There are also numerous exclusive shops. Whilst the hotel caters to the rich (I certainly couldn't afford to shop in most of the designer boutiques!), there is an inclusion feel to the place. People from all walks of life are welcomed and treated with respect. After all, anyone could be a potential big gambler!
I would recommend any of the main restaurants where the food quality is excellent and the food court is handy if you want a quick bite. Meals are not expensive and of course you have free drinks brought to you if you are gambling in the casino. We reserved our own separate room at the Canaletto restaurant, overlooking St Mark's Square, for our wedding meal which made it very private and special and the restaurant manager waited on us with excellent service. It made our day and I am getting very sentimental thinking about it whilst writing! The reservation was very easy to arrange online weeks before our holiday, so it was no hassle.
There is a downside to the hotel, again as with all Las Vegas hotels and which is unavoidable is the size and their purpose of being. Of course, all have casinos which you have to walk through to get to the lifts to the rooms. They have to try and tempt more money out of you somehow!! At the Venetian there are a number of lifts and some only go to certain floors (e.g. 1-20, 21-40, etc). The hotel is vast and it could be easy to get lost, given that they do not sign post the exits. We stayed there whilst we got married, with other family members and my grandparents got lost on at least one occasion! The hotel does not cater for kids well, but then Las Vegas is generally not suitable for young kids - it caters to an adult market!
Visited las vegas with my partner in june 2009. This was not my first time but my partner's first time visiting. We loved vegas, but this is a review on the venetian so i will stick to that! lol
I would recommend staying here. We staying here for about a week and its very beuatiful. The room we stayed in was the most standard one but it was def good enough! Beds were extremely comfortable! i miss the beds talking bout them! Room service was bit pricey but this is expected for las vegas. We ordered room service few times and it was yummy. Staff were very nice and we didn't really come across any problems.
There is a little food court place in the hotel which is good for grabbing breakfast or a late night snack which is handy. Also there is a conveniece store like round the corner from it. Actually i think it was part of the building except outside. But does take bout 5-10 mins walk as the hotel is large but still good.
Went to see the blue man show which is part of the hotel. If you want to see shows within the hotel then pop down or phone the box office and tell them your staying at the hotle and you get a discount.
I would recommend stay here. I would stay here again, however i prob won't. This is becuase i have heard many other wonderful things about other hotels and would really like to stay there to try it out. There is so many lovely places to stay. But if you haven't stayed here then do give it a try.
I have never been to Venice before, but if this replica is indeed anything to go by i certainly wouldn't mind.
The roof is painted like in a clear blue sky, the buildings and restaurant are exquisite and the whole place just looks so clean and fresh it could be CGI. I imagine the real Venice will be almost identical but just slightly more dirty, and without a few tacky fast food restaurants scattered here and there.
The shops were catered for all sorts of people. Restaurants for the upper class, food stalls and fast food for the slightly lower, classy clothes venues next to the cheapy outlets. Winding it's way in between all these was the artificial river complete with Gondolas and the operatic black and white vested gondoliers that took them down stream.
If you're in Vegas this place is a definite breath of fresh air from the boiling desert features you're otherwise surrounded by. I found it quite relaxing.
My third stay at the Venetian hotel Las Vegas. It is high quality and like all the hotels in Las vegas it is a spectacularly decorated and themed hotel based on Venice with a canal that goes through the middle of the hotel and various squares restaurants and shopping malls.
I can recommend the Grand Lux cafe to eat which is just off the main casino area. Portions are absolutely huge so be warned and it is open 24 hours a day. There are cheaper eateries and also high end restaurants within the hotel.
There is madam Tussauds which is worth a visit and an art exhibition from the Guggenheim museum. You can find discount tickets in brochures which will knock a dollar or two off admission prices.
The resident entertainment is currently The Phantom of the opera which is spectacular and also the blueman group They have also got the Jersey Boys show which is quite good.
Gondola rides are available inside in the grande canal with seranading gondoliers or outside in the lagoon a bit cheesey but nice for some.
A big negative to the Venetian on my most recent visit is the time share touts that are now based in the hotel. We found the best way of avoiding them is not to give any eye contact and just walk straight past them and politely say no thank you.
Approaching the rooms you are met with security on the ground floor and you must show your room cards before being allowed to go into the lifts and i thought that the security was very good.The rooms are actually large suites. There is a very large bathroom in each suite with a walk in shower and very large bath tub and a small flat screen television.
The bed area has either a King or two queen beds which are very comfortable indeed a flat screen TV. Ample storage space for clothes in walk in closets.
Continuing into the lounge area there is a step down into the lounge area with a nice sitting area a small dining table a desk. The fridge and safe are hidden in an amoire. There is also another flat screen television here too. There is dial up internet or broadband internet for which there are quite hefty charges.
A panoramic window looks out either onto the strip or over pool areas or looking out to the surrounding mountains. Bearing in mind you will harldy be in your room it doesnt really matter about the view. Room service is ok although due to the size of the hotel can be a tad on the slow side.
House keeping is excellent and the rooms are kept spotlessly clean.
The casino area is quite large but on some of the tables the lowest bid can be from $10- $15 dollars minimum and on busy nights from $25. Its a shame that the slots only pay out coupons I miss the sound of clinking coins each time you have a win.
I have stayed in both the Venezia towers and the main building and there is little to distinguish between either. That being said I have stayed in other hotels on the strip and always gravitate back to the venetian and have always received excellent service.
I would recommend this hotel to everyone visiting Las Vegas. Deals are sometimes much better by booking direct with the hotel. Check out their web site. WWW.Venetian.com The only thing to remember is that it is quite amazing and very ornate and although the website is brilliant it does not prepare you for how vast this hotel is. Someone will have to pick your jaw up from the floor!!!
I visited this casino during my stay in las vegas at the Paris hotel.
I found it a very up-market casino with the table limits set quite high compared with some of the other casino's on the strip.Beautifully decorated within and an amazing river running through it with real gondolas!There were some good designer shops also located within although if you are looking for a bargain you wont be finding many amongst the top-end retailers of the fashion world, like most of the shops and outlets in vegas they are purely put there just in case you hit it big and want to splash out on some designer gear! An enormous amount of fruit machines were available as in all the other casinos and again a wide range of table games on offer aswel although i didnt see any poker tournaments running unlike most of the other casinos on the strip.
Not much to say to start off apart from, WOW! possibly the best hotel on the strip. The Venetian hotel has it all, from a huge casino area to a massive shopping centre. As youd expect in Las Vegas, this hotel is very classy, with its real canals running through the resort and Italian gentlemen singing their hearts out on the Gondolas, it truly is an experience to behold. Not the biggest hotel on the strip, yet this one definitely atracts the visitors with its many shops and features inside. There are many designer shops inside the venetian for all those who long for some retail therapy while on vacation, and you will more than likely pick up some bargains, clothes are very reasonably priced in Las Vegas. As with most of the hotel / casinos in Vegas, the Venetian is a very nice place to stay. Situated at the top end of the strip, if you get a room on a high enough floor, you will enjoy a spectacular view right down the strip. This hotel is a must for visitors. Cant big it up any more.